My goal with this article is to give you a first look into the NBA DFS slate. I will go game by game and briefly touch on a few things that are exploitable. Walking through the slate and picking out players gives us a general feel of the popular players as well as places we can pivot.
Atlanta Hawks @ Miami Heat
Atlanta travels to Miami to face a Heat team who is favored by eight points. This might come as a shocker but Miami actually leads the league in pace at 109.53 possessions per game. If you asked me which team played faster I would have guessed Atlanta. Shockingly, Atlanta is 25th in the league at 101.5 possessions per game. Pace generally favors the home team in the NBA. This should be a good thing for the likes of Trae Young. He had averaged 90 touches, 24 shot attempts, seven rebounds and nine assists through his first two games. However, he had somewhat of a dud last night by only putting up 41 DK points. I fully expect him to bounce back in this paced up game against the Heat.
On the Heat side of the ball I am looking toward Jimmy Butler to provide most of the offense for them. He should be returning to the lineup after the birth of his daughter and ready to ball out. The Hawks are currently 27th in DVP to Butler’s position. It’s a small sample size but he is not dealing with sharing usage this season with the likes of Joel Embiid, Ben Simmons, and Tobias Harries this season. I fully expect us to see the version of Jimmy Butler that we saw in Chicago.